The NAME 2014 24th International Conference
WAS INSPIRATIONAL & HEALING for those in attendance!
Hilton Golf & Tennis Resort • Tucson AZ – Nov. 5 – 9, 2014
Dismantling Fronteras through Multicultural Education: Con Comunidad, Cariño y Coraje
Many fronteras (borders) aim to divide us as a human family. Most obvious are those geo-political fronteras that divide one nation from another, even when they separate people who share common socio-cultural histories. Some of the most problematic fronteras exist within the tacit ideologies that guide our actions and that have colonized our minds. Ideological fronteras are created to divide people and to reinforce hierarchies: Whites over Blacks, rich over poor, males over females, heterosexuals over LGBTQ, able bodied over disabled, citizen over recent arrival, English speakers over speakers of other languages, non-Indigenous over Indigenous. These hierarchies create “others” of those who are pushed to the margins.
We recognize that fronteras while having been created can also be dismantled. Fronteras are, after all, constructed by people and as such can be dismantled by people. Dismantling fronteras is no easy task, as strong forces are at play to keep people divided and power in the hands of the privileged few. Dismantling them asks that we engage in meaningful interaction and respectful dialogue aimed at understanding each other, seeking places of commonality while affirming our social differences, and building capacity for social change. This requires that we build a sense of comunidad (community), filled with cariño (loving care) and the coraje (courage) to have the difficult but critical conversations at the heart of building our capacity for change. It asks that we reach across lines of difference to enter another’s world, building solidarity in a struggle for equity, inclusion, access and justice.
We invite you (students, parents, educators, scholars, and community activists) to participate in the 2014 conference of the National Association for Multicultural Education in Tucson, Arizona, where we will seek ways in which a critical, social justice oriented multicultural education can serve as a tool aimed at dismantling false fronteras that divide us from ourselves. We especially invite those whose work moves between the P-16 classroom and the community to address pressing social challenges.
KEYNOTES for NAME TUCSON Conference
Bryan McKinley Jones Brayboy (Lumbee)
Professor of Indigenous Education & Justice in the School of Social Transformation
Arizona State University
Dean, University of Utah’s College of Education
K. Wayne Yang
Assistant Professor of Youth Culture & Pedagogy in the Emergence of Social Movements
University of California–San Diego
David Omotoso Stovall
Associate Professor of African American Studies & educational Policy Studies
University of Illinois–Chicago
Panel Discussion: Diversifying the Teacher Workforce:
Preparing & Retaining Highly Effective Teachers
Why is NAME going to Arizona?
Dear NAME Members,
It was great to see many of you last week in Oakland at NAME’s 23rd
International Conference. We hope you were as re-energized by what occurred
there as we were.
We are planning the next conference for Tucson, AZ on November 5-9, 2014. Many
of you are aware of the racist and mono-culturalist efforts by Arizona
politicians and Tucson school board members to ban ethnic studies as well as a
large number of books on critical education and Mexican American history.
Because of these repressive measures, many of us had felt that it was our duty
to boycott Arizona and Tucson.
But in talking with activists there–including activists from the public-school
classrooms, and those at the University of Arizona in Tucson, and those who have
just founded the Tucson NAME chapter–one plea has been resoundingly clear:
come to Tucson, act in solidarity, and create a presence of NAME as part of
their efforts to fight back. There is urgency in this struggle, because the
verdict of the right-wing school board has not been final and important changes
are still taking place (see the Los Angeles Times article below). In fact, in
fall 2014 the Ninth Circuit Court will once again take up the challenge to the
ban on ethnic studies.
We have heeded the call and we aim to organize a NAME conference that gathers us onsite to generate great energy and enthusiasm for the advancement of multicultural education and in support of ethnic studies in the Southwest.
We know that NAME will receive an enthusiastic welcome from the deep and diverse
community of Tucson and nearby southern Arizona communities reaching all the way to Nogales, Mexico. In Tucson we will have an opportunity to explore the struggle of the border, beginning with the US-Mexico border but also the borders that separate and oppress–from continuing Jim Crow voting practices to gender oppression to the barriers of class and power.
We call on all of you, the entire NAME membership, to join us in envisioning the
kind of transformative and inspiring gathering that the Tucson conference could
be. We are needed now and there as much as ever. More information on the
conference, including the conference theme and ways to get involved, will be
NAME Board of Directors
For more information, see Los Angeles Times: “Fighting to end Tucson ‘ban’ on books, Latino activist wins”
IN RESPONSE to the Proposed Anti-Gay Bill in Arizona and Other States:
February 25, 2014 — The Board of Directors of the National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME) has just released the following position statement opposing the passage of Arizona’s Anti-Gay Bill, and we encourage NAME members and other advocates for equity and civil rights to read, discuss, share, and act:
NAME Position Statement on Arizona’s Anti-Gay Bill
The National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME) joins with advocates of civil rights across the state of Arizona and amplifies our nation’s founding principles of liberty and justice for all by calling on Arizona Governor Brewer to veto the pending “Religious Freedom Restoration Act” (House Bill 2153/Senate Bill 1062).
Known by many as the “right to discriminate” or the “do not serve gays” bill, this anti-gay legislation uses the concept of religious freedom to make it illegal to sue a business (including an individual, company, or church) for refusing to serve gay and other customers if the business owner believes that doing so violates their religious beliefs. That is, discriminating against such groups as lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals because of religious beliefs would be allowable if this bill becomes law.
NAME condemns Arizona lawmakers for using the constitutional right of free exercise of religion, which we cherish and hold dearly, as a cover for discriminating against certain groups in society. The truly American value of religious freedom has everything to do with protecting the dignity, liberty, and agency of every human being, and should not be the basis for denying such protections for anyone, including and especially those groups that already experience discrimination and injustice.
NAME chose Arizona as the site of our 2014 annual conference in order to support the important work of educators, students, and advocates who are defending the right to a quality, relevant, empowering education in a time when ethnic studies is under intense attack in the Tucson Unified School District and beyond. We will be shining a national spotlight on ways that Arizona leads the nation in its racially unjust approach to education. We hope that Arizona will not again lead the nation in undermining the rights and dignity of its very own communities with the proposed, unjust approach to legalizing discrimination against LGBT Arizonans.
Governor Brewer has the opportunity to hold Arizona lawmakers accountable by reprimanding the legislature for even imagining this bill, and NAME calls on her to veto the bill and, instead, to insist that Arizona reaffirm its commitment to nurturing every one of its communities and peoples.
NAME urges its members and allies to raise your voice and demand the veto of this bill.
NOTE: The bill was defeated when the vote was taken in early March, 2014.